Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton has been far from what the team expected when he was signed to a five-year, $125 million contract.
In fact, Hamilton has been the exact opposite of what the Angels were hoping for as he has recently experienced a relapse involving cocaine and alcohol.
Hamilton is beginning the 2015 season on the disabled list after avoiding disciplinary action by the MLB, and Angels owner Arte Moreno would not promise that Hamilton will play for the Angels again.
The MLB Players Assocation denied Moreno’s claim that the Angels could protect themselves against Hamilton’s contract if he had a relapse.
Unless the Angels can use this protection, they are stuck with Hamilton for the next three years since he has a no-trade clause and $83 million remaining on his contract.
They would have been able to avoid paying part of his salary if he were to be suspended, but the league ultimately decided that the former MVP should not punished for his relapse.